Diana Ashdown

I began my artistic career in the mid 1970’s gaining a distinction in Art and Design at Amersham College of Art; I have taken commissions for soft furnishings, graphic design projects and wall murals. currently, I am a member of the Oxford Print Co-Operative, Oxford Art Society, Visual Images Group and Beds, Bucks and Herts Print Society.

I am primarily a printmaker experimenting and devising different print techniques with lino, exploring texture, line and intricate pattern, in the observed and imagined works that I create. Subject matter reflects my interest in nature, landscape, garden and architectural settings. Colour is as important to me as line and texture and I overlay colours with rollers using stencils, like painting with watercolours. I aim for images that are uplifting and intriguing.

My lino prints are original hand pulled artist’s prints; I design, cut and print them in my studio, depending on the intricacy and size of the design, this preparatory work can take weeks, then days finding the right colour balance and hours to ink and print, even after a days printing I may not have an acceptable print. I have taught basic screen printing techniques and mixed craft at local colleges and venues.

Exhibitions : Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London; Mini print, Cadaques, Barcelona, Spain and Mini print, Hull

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